Communicating


WordRake 3 Review

On Writing Better With WordRake Software

By | Jan.30.17 | 1 Comment

Lawyers are judged by the written words we put on websites and promotional materials and in our primary work products, be they briefs, contracts, leases, warrants or wills. In an analog world, work products were buried …Continue reading »


Well Said!

Convert Post-Speech Inquiries into Real Demand

By | Jan.25.17 | No Comments

Congratulations. Your speech to the International Biometrics Association was a hit. A line of people are waiting to congratulate you and pay compliments. Many are simply being kind and expressing appreciation. However, at least some …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

About Your Love Affair with the Hyphen

By | Jan.11.17 | No Comments

Some writers feel compelled to insert extra hyphens. Often they do it when they think they spot an adverb. Sometimes the offending word isn’t even functioning as an adverb; it’s part of a compound verb. …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Writing Lean in 2017

By | Jan.09.17 | No Comments

Many of us make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more frequently or improve our eating habits. This year, I challenge you to improve your writing habits and learn to write lean. Mark Twain famously said, “I …Continue reading »


Legal Writing

Break Up the “Conspiracy” by Resolving to Simplify This Year

By | Jan.04.17 | No Comments

“All professions are a conspiracy against the laity,” said George Bernard Shaw. In the legal profession, the best evidence of a conspiracy is the often impenetrable density and complexity of the law. It’s almost impossible …Continue reading »


Workplace Wellness

Handling Conflicts With Your Colleagues

By | Dec.13.16 | No Comments

Workplace conflicts among colleagues are not only common, they are necessary. Despite most people’s desire to avoid or minimize them, conflicts are normal. In fact, conflicts are not even a bad thing. Most of them …Continue reading »


Feeling Disconnected

Loneliness: Taking Care to Stay Connected

By | Dec.06.16 | 1 Comment

Mountain climbers are fastidious about the lines they trust their lives to, and scuba divers are constantly checking the tanks and regulators on which they depend. In the hectic world of practicing law — when …Continue reading »


Get to the Point!

Attorneys, Don’t Bury the Lede

By | Dec.05.16 | No Comments

Attorneys frequently ignore this basic journalism rule: Start with your strongest point. Your lead or “lede” should entice the reader to continue reading. The phrase “bury the lede” appears to be the only use of …Continue reading »


Content Under Pressure

Visual Storytelling: Don’t Leave Your Content on the Cutting-Room Floor

By | Dec.01.16 | No Comments

Most lawyers deal with the printed word all day long. They’ve been trained to take in and share knowledge as text. As a writer, it’s a stretch for me to even conceive of presenting information …Continue reading »


Group Productivity

Seven Steps to Productive Meetings

By | Nov.21.16 | 1 Comment

Meetings are the most expensive periods of time we spend together. Try, for example, adding up the loaded employee cost of a simple weekly status meeting. Your answer will make it immediately clear why meetings need …Continue reading »